René Descartes

A Discourse on Method

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  1. Why does Descartes feel it necessary to employ doubt as his method for the discovery of truth?
  1. Why does Descartes believe that a triangle is an adequate metaphor to show the existence of the idea of God and the soul?
  1. Why does Descartes privilege ideas that are clear and distinct as opposed to confused and obscure?
  1. Why does Descartes think that we can only be sure that we exist as thinking things, as opposed to embodied beings?
  1. What does Descartes identify as the source of our error when attempting to conceive of the…
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